A group of Saudi women have helped to create a music video that is sparking some seriously needed debate over the role of females in Saudi Arabia. The video, while upbeat and including a delightful color palette, is spreading a not-so-fun message of the ongoing and extremely patriarchal society that continues to be an issue for many women living there.
Women's rights in Saudi Arabia have long been a topic of controversy. While there are no specific laws that ban them from doing things, it's a widely held notion that women must ask permission from the male figure in their lives (known as their "guardian") before traveling, attending college, getting married, and even driving a car.
The video, produced by 8ies Studios out of Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, shows three women skateboarding, shooting baskets, and dancing down the street while wearing black niqabs on top of brightly colored dresses. These are all quite taboo things in Saudi society, and while the short video was stated to be created solely for entertainment, the women sing lyrics throughout that include statements like, "May all men sink into oblivion," and "If only God would rid us of men." (Straight. Fire.)
In the background are men dressed in traditional Saudi clothing, obviously disapproving of the three women and shaking their finger at them as they pass. Maybe it's just us, but it could ~potentially~ be tough to convince some Saudi men of the entertainment factor.
Since being posted to YouTube last month, the video has received over 5 million views and has started some seriously important conversations over how women are seen and treated in the country and in other places around the world.
It's important to note that not all women are unhappy with the situations in Saudi Arabia. However, for those who continue to struggle, this video is an incredibly significant stand against the oppressions that they face on an everyday and ongoing basis. So, here's to these women who are spreading awareness to the world, and here's to hoping that a simple, yet brilliant, music video will inspire others to take a stand, too, and never stop the fight for equality.